The Way We Laughed

  A few years ago I set out to explore the way people laughed throughout this century. With the help of several grants and hundreds of Senior Citizens between the ages of 60 and 95, I not only gained insight into the ways they laughed but also into how we today can make ourselves happier. … Continue reading The Way We Laughed

Prevent Hardening of the Attitudes with Humor

  "Laughter is the salt of personality. Its presence is an evidence of good nature, of the appreciation of the real values of life and a lack of tenseness. It is the most effective means of easing a difficult situation." -- George Gow It is generally agreed that good sense -- and a good sense … Continue reading Prevent Hardening of the Attitudes with Humor

Re-Moralizing Ourselves Through Humor

  "Morale -- the level of individual psychological well-being based on such factors as a sense of purpose and confidence in the future." It is not surprising that people feel demoralized these days. As our society continues through a social, political, and economic metamorphosis, many folks are caught in the midst of tremendous turmoil wrought … Continue reading Re-Moralizing Ourselves Through Humor

People Assess Your Value/Reputation Based on How Your Actions Impact Their Emotions

  Early on in my programs, I invite a volunteer to come up and learn an Improv game. Generally, there are very few takers. I then ask for some of the folks who hadn't volunteered to share what thinking they went through that kept their hands from going up. The reasons are many. Among the most common answers are: … Continue reading People Assess Your Value/Reputation Based on How Your Actions Impact Their Emotions

Instructional Moment: In Order to Feel Brave, Embrace Your Fear

  It’s common for those new to Improv to allow fear or lack of confidence to keep them from volunteering for games. When outcomes are unknown and collaborators’ actions unpredictable, stepping up to play an Improv game can feel like an excursion into the Bermuda Triangle. With no map, no recognizable landmarks, and many tales … Continue reading Instructional Moment: In Order to Feel Brave, Embrace Your Fear